This past week has been the best week of my time in Ireland. My parents weren’t planning on visiting until the Spring, but my emotional mother couldn’t help but visit sooner, which I am very grateful for. My parents were able to stay for a week and see two of my Club’s home games during their time here. They were also able to see my U-16 Team that I am helping coach get our 5th straight win. They got to meet my Neptune family and had a great time meeting everyone within the Club. My parents were well taken care of by the Neptune crew and got to spend time with everyone that has been looking after me during my time here. It definitely made it easier for my parents to travel home worry-free after meeting all the great people that I am surrounded with here in Cork. We traveled to Cobh and Kinsale for some day trips and even got to visit Spike Island for an afternoon tour of the old island prison. I hadn’t been able to do much traveling up to this point, so it was very cool to see some of the incredible sights that the towns surrounding Cork have to offer. I got to show them some of my favorite places in Cork and also got to try some cool new places with them. The timing of their trip could not have been better, and they got to experience the famous Jazz Weekend of Cork. The city was buzzing with energy, and it was cool to hear some of the world’s best Jazz all congregated in Cork for a weekend. Having them visit me here in Ireland was such a cool experience, and was a nice reminder of how lucky I am for the opportunity I have been given.